students the next decade would add $310 billon to the u.s. economy. so it's an economic issue for the nation. a high school dropout will earn $260,000 less than a high school graduate. tracie potts, nbc news, washington >>> d.c. council chair and mayor al candidates defending d.c. schools after president obama said his kids could not get the same quality of education as in private schools. he was responding to a viewer question. >> the fatheof two seemingly bright daughters, i want to know whether or not you think malia and sasha would get the same high quality education at a d.c. private school compared to the elite private academy they are attendinnow. >> i'll be honest with you, the answer is no right now. . the d.c. schools are struggling. terrific individual schools in the d.c. system. >> the president went on to say there are good individual d.c. schoos, you migh have heard. in response, vincent gray defended the quality of education in d.c. >> i wish he would think that because i think we do have excellent schools, both in traditional public schools and charter schools.